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Is slimming down the monarchy
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Posted By: MissMolly, 1/17/2020 4:56:52 AM

The crisis that has engulfed the royal family, sparked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell announcement that they are jumping ship, is about far more than just their personal future. If that wasn’t the case, it wouldn’t be so important. Families fall out, scandals come and go and the monarchy marches on. But this announcement and the extraordinary Sandringham summit convened by the Queen was about something much more fundamental. The subject of discussion was what the monarchy does, who it is for and how much longer it will continue in its current form after the Queen’s reign. And, indeed, whether it should survive at all.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JL80863 1/17/2020 6:06:12 AM (No. 290698)
Meh! If Charles were competent I think the Queen would have handed the reigns to him long ago. He is the future head of a dysfunctional family and a lot of blame for that state of affairs can be placed directly on him. Immense wealth and the best education certainly doesn't guarantee strength of character.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 1/17/2020 6:25:06 AM (No. 290709)
Perhaps if Charles had spent less time shacking up with horse-face Camilla, and more time being a father to his sons, he might have been able to help his younger son find a purpose in life. Charles isn't the only one at fault. though The royal family lavished attention on William as a future king, and just left Harry to find his own way with the current disastrous consequences.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: F15 Gork 1/17/2020 7:02:46 AM (No. 290738)
Want to slim down your monarchy? Throw them out of your country like we did.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Daisymay 1/17/2020 8:03:45 AM (No. 290782)
I agree that Charles should step back and look at his behavior years back. If he had been a faithful husband to Diana things may have turned out differently in his family. That said, I don't think the Brits care if Megan and Harry leave the Royal Family. It's because they want to physically leave, but they still want all the Trappings of being a Royal that they want to hang on to. They don't want anyone telling what to do, or not do, they want to wander the world (using the Queen's plane) and they want to keep their Security staff (paid for by the Brits). Seems to me they want their cake and eat it too! Meghan is definitely behind all of this turmoil. She said she felt like a prisoner, she was having panic attacks, she was being attacked by the Press due to Racism. On and On. All about Meghan. What the heck did she expect when she married into a Royal Family? She is such an Air Head she thought she could waltz through life, being SO Important and everyone would envy her lifestyle of beautiful clothes, parties with the Clooneys and a Car and Driver provided at her every whim. Jeesh. I think the Brits should kick them Both out without a dime. Let them earn their way! Harry will soon figure out his wife was not enthralled with him, she was enthralled over being a Royal! She will dump him as soon as he becomes Harry WHO without any Royal Trappings at all!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jinx 1/17/2020 8:06:23 AM (No. 290785)
Let him go and keep the money in the UK. If he wants out, he can earn the money on his own. His wife is planning on cashing in on his title not her talents. Her main talent is taking her clothes off and posing. They deserve each other. In my opinion, William and Kate should be the next in line not that wimp Charles.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ROLFNader 1/17/2020 8:14:06 AM (No. 290790)
I would comment more on this Teen Magazine soap opera but I would be even more embarrassed than I already am for writing this much.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: AltaD 1/17/2020 8:34:25 AM (No. 290799)
If Harry was at a loss as to how to carve out a role for himself, you should have looked to his aunt's life for inspiration. It is said that Princess Anne is the hardest working royal, one who is highly respected for her charity work. Of course, being Diana's son, he'd prefer Hollywood-style star treatment, not respect and honorable service.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lawsy0 1/17/2020 8:57:25 AM (No. 290820)
Article is too pro-Meghan and Harry. Here in the colonies, we are STILL grateful to have escaped the clutches of King George III.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: fayebeck 1/17/2020 9:36:12 AM (No. 290852)
Notice that it's easier for immigrants to illegally enter Britain than for a member of a grifter family to get out?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: marbles 1/17/2020 10:19:13 AM (No. 290897)
The author is a willfully blind royalist. Charles could not marry who he wanted to,.......she was already married. He married Diana out of duty, not love. It was bound to fail.It did. William was on again off again with Kate for 7 years. Their marriage is strong. Harry was targeted by a grifter, he's weak , she won , for now. P.S. Queen Victoria took the same type of photograph over 100 years ago. Her, her son , the Prince of Wales ( future Edward VII) his son ( future George V ) and his son( future Edward VIII) .
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Aubreyesque 1/17/2020 10:27:02 AM (No. 290901)
The Royal Family got played by a Malignant Narcissist. That MN had help from others. Do not discount the Clintons' and Obamas' involvement. The little grifter played her part well. And don't think Harry didnt get the guidance he needed to become a worthy man: he had plenty of support and love from his older brother, his grandmother, and others. (Wills lost his mother, too, and has expressed sorrow that in spite of his willingness to help his brother, Harry turned his back on it). Harry made choices of his own and has been amazingly reluctant to grasp the concept of his own part in the debacle. "What Meghan wants, Meghan gets." They ALL knew what it would take to make things work, and Meghan, being the Malignant Narcissist, was incapable of doing it...so off she runs because her power play did not work the way she planned. Thats what MNs DO when they are unable to penetrate strength and integrity. I feel for Harry. He knows how his grandmother and his family SHOULD be treated. He KNOWS what he had before. Hes chosing to ignore it anyway, because the MN has fogged his brain. Someone needs to tell the Queen that when dealing with a Malignant Narcissist, the ONLY way to deal effectively with them is to cut them off cold. I hope she removes at least Markle's titles. Let Markle spin her lies with out it.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Strike3 1/17/2020 10:28:13 AM (No. 290904)
Our colleges and universities have taken a sharp downhill route in the last few decades but schools of journalism far outpace the traditional fields of study in the fall. There are so many "bombshells" falling these days that one does not know which way to duck. The indelicate laundry airing of the Royals means exactly nothing to the rest of the world.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: joew9 1/17/2020 10:28:35 AM (No. 290906)
The Royal Family only exists today for the purpose of tabloid headlines. They are like the Kardashians but without the brains to make any money off their notoriety.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: bigfatslob 1/17/2020 10:46:30 AM (No. 290917)
Harry blew it and won't recover from this. Meghan will dump Harry once Oprah and the Obamas get into the act. It's now a 'black thing' that Ginger Boy Harry is clueless to.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: dbdiva 1/17/2020 10:55:51 AM (No. 290928)
These two are definitely NOT assets to the monarchy much less 'stars' the world over. I stopped reading at that point.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 1/17/2020 10:57:58 AM (No. 290930)
My understanding is that Harry has a significant inheritance ($40 million?) from his family. If I understand, that is HIS money. If so, cut him loose and wish him well.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: mc squared 1/17/2020 12:26:39 PM (No. 291001)
Author assumes anyone cares but the monarchy. Good riddance. They're like the perpetual Kardashians.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Chuzzles 1/17/2020 12:39:55 PM (No. 291014)
The two kids want to get jobs in the philanthropic profession. Why is that such a shock to Brits? After all, so many of the Brit public have been wanting the royals to get jobs and support themselves for the longest time. Can't have it both ways Brits. You are either happy that Harry and Meghan are moving off the royal dole, or you are unhappy. Can't have it both ways. Most of the younger royals actually have jobs in the private sector and I am happy for them. The only ones who should actually be on The List are the most senior of the royals. Grandfather in a few of the older ones, then strike them off The List when they pass on.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles 1/17/2020 12:43:37 PM (No. 291018)
The worst thing to have happened to Harry was the media exposure of his role in the military. They put the target on him, and destroyed what was a promising military career. Harry might be an airhead, but he served with distinction and lots of bravery, something his male relatives cannot really lay claim to. So I tend to give him a pass. Charles has always been a self centered narcissist with zero class. Evidence that by him putting his mistress Camilla in the crowd where Diana was sure to see her as she walked down the aisle. Chuck could not even give Diana a single day in the sun, he had to rub Camilla in her face.
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